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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2009

    Cool Twin Names (and, is it usable?)

    I was looking through the family tree and spotted b/g twins (born c. 1830) named:

    Paul Revere
    Virginia Dare

    Cool, huh? Very patriotic!

    The funny thing is that I have always liked Virginia Dare as a name for a girl, since I was a kid. I remember being about twelve and thinking that Virginia Dare Johnson (the surname of the boy I had a crush on) would be a PERFECT name for a daughter!

    I'm considering offering this up as a suggestion for our yet-to-be-conceived second child. Is it usable? I mean, obviously Virginia is usable, but is Dare too much? I think Dare would make an awesome middle name, almost like having Danger as a middle name. ;)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Re: Cool Twin Names (and, is it usable?)

    Paul Revere: While Paul Revere is a wonderful historical figure, I wouldn't give the full name to a child. Paul, yes, and Revere, yes, but not together. Revere would make an awesome middle name, though!

    Virginia Dare: I wouldn't use Virginia as a first name (I grew up with a Virginia who was constantly brought to tears by virgin and female anatomy jokes), but I don't think Virginia Dare is as well-known a figure as Paul Revere. (Though there's actually a food company named Virginia Dare!) As for Dare, I always look for teasing potential, and I'd have to worry about truth or dare jokes in middle school. :-(

    They're great patriotic names, though!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    OC, Califonia

    Re: Cool Twin Names (and, is it usable?)

    if I were you I would totally use Virginia Dare. Not only did you love it as a kid, but it's in the family! You could arm her with knowledge of the original Virginia Dare to ward off any teasing. I think it would be really cool to have that name, knowing you were named after the very first child born in America. Would you have liked having that name? I know it's not guaranteed, but your child is likely to be sort of like you, do you think you would have been able to handle possible Virgin jokes or possible Dare jokes? Personally, I really don't think I would have minded. I love the name Virginia, and I liked Daire as a middle name until I just found out it's pronounced da-ra :(, I thought it was pronounced dare.

    I think it's awesome that there were twins in your family named Virginia Dare and Paul Revere, but I say Paul Revere is not usable these days. I'm 100% behind Virginia, though!
    Proud mama to two sweet boys:

    Dashiell David Rowe
    Flynn William Warfield

    "Real babies are more difficult than ideas of babies... Or even pictures of babies."
    -James Franco

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